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Advocacy & Policy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) works with policymakers and other leaders to advance policy priorities that strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.

Through policies that affect health care delivery, research, education, health equity, and more, the federal government is a key partner in sustaining the vitality of the nation’s academic medicine ecosystem, which is essential to improving the health of all.

Academic Medicine - What starts here saves lives

Demonstrating the Value of Academic Medicine to a New Congress

A new AAMC initiative highlights academic medicine’s leading role in medical research and discovery, medical education and training, and health care delivery.

AAMC Policy and Priorities



AAMC-member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment where medical discovery can flourish. This strong commitment is key to innovation that benefits patients.

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Clinical Care

AAMC-member teaching hospitals and faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care, especially for complex and vulnerable patients -- many of whom are unable to receive care elsewhere.

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Investing in Healthier Communities

Academic medical centers serve at the crossroads of community health, health equity, and population health and are actively working to prevent and address persistent public health challenges.

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AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all with innovative graduate medical education.

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Washington Highlights

Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting academic medicine.

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Washington Highlights

Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • January 27, 2023
Washington Highlights

The AAMC submitted comments Jan. 25 to AHRQ in response to an RFI on creating a national Action Alliance to advance patient and workforce safety.

  • January 27, 2023
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC signed a Jan. 23 letter to Congress requesting that lawmakers address issues with the Medicare physician payment system.

  • January 27, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments on the 340B Administrative Dispute Resolution process proposed rule.

  • January 27, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments in response to the request for information regarding essential health benefits issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service

  • January 27, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments Jan. 25 to the AHRQ in response to a RFI on creating a national Action Alliance to advance patient and workforce safety.

  • January 25, 2023
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined other health care groups in a letter to Congress requesting action on Medicare physician payment system reform.

  • January 23, 2023
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Press Release

The AAMC named Susan Cato as its next chief communications and marketing officer, effective Jan. 15.

  • January 19, 2023
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Washington Highlights

MedPAC met on Jan. 12 and 13 to discuss policy issues including hospital payment, physician payment, telehealth, and behavioral health.

  • January 13, 2023
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Washington Highlights

On Jan. 5, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a proposed ruling banning noncompete clauses.

  • January 13, 2023
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Advocacy Caucus and Coalitions

The CAMC is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress that seeks to promote and recognize the important role that medical schools, teaching hospitals and faculty physicians play to improve the health of people everywhere.

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research supports enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.

The FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

The HPNEC advocates for continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs critical to providing continued services to underserved and minority communities.

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AAMC Action – Let’s Raise Our Voices Together

We are a community of students, residents, researchers, faculty members, physicians, and others who advocate on behalf of academic medicine to improve the health of people everywhere.

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